Cecil Thompson

Rev. Cecil Jacob Fitzgerald Thompson


Rev. Cecil J. Fitzgerald Thompson is presently a Licensed Local Pastor in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and a candidate for the ministry of Ordained Elder. Prior to his first appointment in 2016, Rev. Thompson was a member at Christ United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio where he served under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Calvin Alston, Jr. In 2016, Pastor Thompson was appointed to serve as the Pastor of Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio where he served for two years.

Pastor Thompson is originally from Sierra Leone in West Africa. He was born into a Methodist family, but later became a member of the Pentecostal Church as a teenager. He was nurtured in a tradition of deep faith and learned what it truly means to lean on God’s unchanging hand, experience Jesus’ unfailing love, and to surrender daily to the power of the Holy Spirit. In those teen years, Pastor Thompson experienced God’s call to pastoral ministry. He became a “boy preacher,” Scripture Union President, and a Student Assistant to the School Chaplain while in high school. In later years, he returned to his roots in the Methodist tradition and its profound call to God’s boundless grace.

Thompson lives in Westerville, Ohio with his lovely wife, Kim Anderson-Thompson. Kim is a human resources professional who worked in the field of HR for 13 years. She grew up and attended school in Detroit, Michigan. Kim’s hobbies include reading and writing, and other creative pursuits. She enjoys taking long nature walks in all seasons. While the couple does not have kids of their own, they are kept busy by nieces and nephews. Pastor Thompson and his wife see their relationship as a testament to God’s abiding love. Pastor Thompson’s parents and six siblings (four girls and two boys) are spread across three states: Michigan, Texas, and Maryland.

At the undergraduate level, Pastor Thompson received the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) with a major in English Honors and a Co-major in University Honors from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (1999). He also was awarded the Certificate of Academic Excellence in English Honors and the Certificate of Academic Achievement. Pastor Thompson also holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D., Law) from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2003). Moreover, he is a 2018 graduate of the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) Delaware, Ohio. He was also awarded the Ronald L. Williams 2018 Book Prize in Theology and Ethics. Additionally, he was chosen by the MTSO faculty as the school’s 2018 preacher for its Baccalaureate Service.

As a candidate for the ministry of Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Pastor Thompson will be seeking to be commissioned in 2019. At that time, he will become a Provisional Elder in the UMC’s West Ohio Conference.

Following the example of Jesus, Pastor Thompson is a relationship-builder. He enjoys building relationships in a variety of contexts—in the Body of Christ, in the wider community, and among strangers. Pastor Thompson believes that Christian hospitality (connecting through relationships) is a core value of the kingdom of God. One of his favorite books is Christine D. Pohl’s Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition. She writes, “Jesus challenges narrow definitions and dimensions of hospitality and presses them outward.” Pohl reminds us of the great importance of Jesus’ concern for the “least of these” in Matthew 25. For Pastor Thompson, sharing the joys of Christian fellowship is possible when we go beyond limits.

Love Net Team Leader

Tiffany Bishop

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Tiffany was born and raised in West Toledo where she continues to reside with her daughters Brooklynne and Sydney.  She has been a life-long member of Braden United Methodist church however, recently was able to truly understand and realize how wonderful God truly is.  She is forever grateful for his Grace and Mercy.

In January 2013, she took on the role as the leader the Love Net ministry. This team consist of six core groups; First Time Visitors, Absentee members, Sick & Shut-in, Senior Mission, Birthday Club and Hospitality. Outside of the Love Net team she enjoys working with United Methodist Women, singing in the choir, working with the Liturgical Dance Ministry and attending Bible study.

While there are many passages of the bible, her all time favorite is: Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Her “help me get through this lord” songs are Life & FavorOrder My Steps, Total Praise & Excellent

In her spare time Tiffany loves working with her daughters’ school PTO, spending time with her mother, Delvia Bishop, traveling and event planning.

Communications Team Leader

William (Skip) Davis Jr.

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As Communications Team Leader, Skip is responsible for updating Braden's bimonthly newsletter and keep the website updated and current.  He is also building a social media presence for Braden UMC on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.  

Skip is the son of former Braden pastor, Rev. William C. Davis Sr.  He is a freelance graphic designer who is a Graphic Designer at Adams Street Publishing. He and his wife Megan Davis lead Braden's Youth Ministry program.


Ron Boose

Our custodian, Ron Boose worked for Asbury Church & Asbury Daycare for 12 years. His main duties are cleaning the daycare classrooms, office and kitchen daily and cleaning the church offices, sanctuary and restrooms weekly. In addition, Ron does many other jobs around the building like changing light bulbs, changing the sign, painting, small repairs, waxing floors and more. Ron also opens and closes for the building rentals. Ron is always willing to offer his help when asked.

Ron grew up in Toledo, has five children and four grandchildren. He also works for the Clarion Inn on Secor during the day. He enjoys doing various home improvement projects and working on cars. Ron is a very dedicated worker.

   January 2019   
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